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…CNN puts you in the middle of the action?

To help us understand and experience what’s going on in Haiti as they recover from the devastating earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince recently, CNN is using 360° cameras to capture footage that can then be manipulated by the viewer, allowing you to pan and zoom around the scene as if you were there.
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…Iron Man was awesome?

Iron Man


Ok, so maybe not, but after watching Iron Man, you’ll want to run down the street yelling that too.

Thanks to TechCrunch’s invitation, I was able to get a sneak peak at Iron Man Wednesday, and I can whole heartedly agree with the 96% that this film is currently rocking on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes Iron Man

It’s the summer blockbuster that you’ve been waiting for, and probably beyond what you’re expecting from it.

Sure, it’s got a great theme song, and the commercials look great, but that’s just the Hollywood Hype Machine running on overdrive, right?


Iron Man is a solid film with a plausible (futuristic) story line, fantastic acting, and top notch tech ogling.

First: Robert Downey Jr. is a bad ass. His role as a billionaire weapons manufacturer that likes fast talk, hard liquor, expensive women and cheap thrills is perfect, and he says each line with a bravado that will surely be emulated by everyone for the next few weeks.

Second: The action doesn’t stop. Sure, it’s a CGI film with plenty of additional special effects; but keep in mind, this is a comic book based movie after all. As is expected with a summer blockbuster, the explosions are over the top, the battles drag out, and the eye candy is ever present, but it’s always done in a way that lends itself to the story line, and never seems out of place.

Third: This is a tech head’s dream flick. From 3D holographic displays and futuristic UI to a sassy computer and robotic assistants, it’s a look into the future at what everyone hopes the world will become.

If you have a chance, then go see this movie, because you won’t be disappointed.

Grade: A
Theater Worthy: Yes

[Iron Man]

[Rotten Tomatoes – Iron Man]

[IMDb – Iron Man]

…Box office data looks better visualized?

The New York Times - The Ebb And Flow Of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 - 2007

The New York Times put together a fantastically informative infographic of box office data for Hollywood films from 1986 through 2007.

The height shows the weekly revenue, and the area and color represent the total gross, so you can quickly and easily compare movies side by side.

Notice any trends?

[The New York Times – The Ebb And Flow Of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 – 2007]

[Via: Boing Boing]

…Tamar Levine documents Hollywood?

Tamar Levine - Michael JacksonTamar Levine takes photos of the strange and interesting people that gather in front of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, pretending to be famous pop culture characters. (Spider-Man, Michael Jackson, Jack Sparrow, Luke Skywalker, Elvis Presley, Etc.)

Apparently, “these are full-time freelance careers for a fiercely territorial group of eccentrics who often take their celebrity alter-egos with them well after they’ve left Hollywood Blvd”.

Definitely a must see gallery.

[Flickr – Hollywood Blvd. Characters]

[Tamar Levine Photography]


…It’s Movie Monday: Juno?


If you haven’t already seen it, then fire up Fandango, find a theater that’s playing it near you, and go see Juno.

It’s that good.

The story is about Juno MacGuff, a “confidently frank teenage girl who calls the shots with a nonchalant cool and an effortless attitude as she journeys through an emotional nine-month adventure into adulthood”.

Ellen Page plays Juno, and lights up the screen with what I can easily imagine will be a multiple-award-winning performance, Her witty, fast paced dialogue creates a lovable character that you can’t help but root for, and she manages to both control her life with a tough exterior and search for meaning within a growing interior at the same time.

Michael Cera plays Bleeker (the father) and continues his recent climb up Hollywood’s star ladder. He isn’t in the film as much as I would have expected, but the scenes that he is in are filled with a great dialogue that lends itself well to the high-school theme. Both Juno and Bleeker are a mix of confidence and confusion, and their growing and changing relationship mirrors the growing and chancing that Juno’s body is going through.

Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner play the role of the adopting parents, and each deliver a stellar performance that adds another element to the film. Bateman struggles to figure out what type of person he wants to become as Garner struggles to become the person that she knows she wants to be, and neither over-sells their role.

Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons play the role of Juno’s parents, and are supportive in a way that is both enviable and believable.

For a movie that manages to make you feel good, it does deal with a rather heavy issue, and also runs through the full range of emotions. There are moments of pure comedy, moments of great emotion and connection, moments of truth and moments of powerful silence, and each pulls you in a different direction. However, the plot never takes you down an expected path, and in the end, you’ll want to cheer for a film that manages to define what a coming-of-age tale should be.

Grade: A+
Theater Worthy: Definitely


[Rotten Tomatoes – Juno]

[IMDb – Juno]